Murray eliminates a combative Coppejans, Humbert releases Kovalik and takes on Goffin


Andy Murray – © ERIC LALMAND – BELGA

Andy Murray eliminated Kimmer Coppejans in the first round of the European Open, the Antwerp ATP 250, on Tuesday night at the Lotto Arena. The Scot, 243rd worldwide and present in Antwerp thanks to a protected classification, won 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) against the Belgian player, 158th worldwide, author of a great resistance.

Murray immediately took off, breaking into the first service of Coppejans. The latter managed to take the service of his opponent to return to 3-2 and 3-3.

Murray, who progressively returns to the highest level after his hip surgery in January, pocketed the first set on the Coppejans serve (6-4).

The second set started with three consecutive breaks: two for Coppejans and one for Murray. The Brit then returned to 3 games everywhere. The match was balanced until the decisive game, where Murray was talking about his experience (7/4).

The former world number 1 will face in the round of 16 the winner of the match between Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, 45th in the world and seeded N.8, and the Brazilian Hugo Delien (ATP 79), scheduled for Wednesday.

Kimmer Coppejans after his defeat against Andy Murray – Tennis – Antwerp – Kimmer Coppejans – …
Kimmer Coppejans lost in the first round of the tournament in Antwerp. But he did very well against the star of the event, Andy Murray. He lost 6 / 4-7 / 6.

Ugo Humbert, winner of Jozef Kovalik, opponent of David Goffin in the second round

It is against French Ugo Humbert (ATP 70) that David Goffin (ATP 14) will compete in the second round of the European Open, Thursday at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp. Humbert defeated Slovakia's Jozef Kovalik (ATP 176) in straight sets 6-4, 7-5 on Tuesday night on the second day of the ATP 250 tournament in Antwerp, a hard surface event with 635,750 euros.

David Goffin is seeded N.2 and thus exempt from the first round. The 28-year-old Liegeois has never played against Humbert, 21 years old.

"Ugo Humbert is offensive, he really has very good strikes", says David Goffin about his future opponent."He is a southpaw who serves very well, he is very good in the field. It has been progressing very well since I saw it for the first time last year. He is young and continues to progress".

"It's never easy to start a tournament, I'm going to focus on what I have to do", concludes the Belgian number 1.

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